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Nov
2
answered When does the time window start for the term “due”?
Nov
2
comment Pronunciation of “of”
I tried saying it at a more normal speed and still ended up with "A horse is a horse, ov course, ov course." And now I have a different problem: english.stackexchange.com/questions/810
Oct
29
comment Why are baseball statistics called “sabermetrics”?
I used to see it often as SABRmetrics.
Oct
29
comment “To service” vs. “to serve”
"Servicing" is also what a prostitute does to/for a client. It's why I get a little wary any time a business I patronize refers to "servicing" its customers.
Oct
27
comment What punctuation is this sentence missing?
The context of the question was its meaning as buttocks. I don't believe anyone uses "arse" to mean a donkey (though this site has taught me not to be sure about any of my beliefs about usage).
Oct
27
awarded  Nice Answer
Oct
23
comment What punctuation is this sentence missing?
@Brian Hooper: One likely would. Does anyone else spell it "ass" or is it only Americans? Does anyone know a website where I could ask that?
Oct
21
comment 'I was using', 'I have used', 'I have been using', 'I had used' - what is the difference amongst these?
"I was using cocaine" may not indicate habitual use, but instead may refer to one's state at a particular time: "When I got into the accident, I was using cocaine."
Oct
21
answered What punctuation is this sentence missing?
Oct
14
revised What are some good sites for researching etymology?
fixed a typo
Oct
2
answered Some techniques to replace infinitives?
Oct
1
awarded  Enlightened
Sep
26
awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
23
comment Is it ever effective to use modern and archaic grammar together?
If it's one character who is meant to be Amish (or similar), that may present a slightly different problem. I'd guess (and it's a guess - someone else will know more than I) that groups like the Amish have their own grammar which has evolved to something distinct from older English grammar, so that even finding rules of old grammar may not get you quite where you need to be.
Sep
21
comment How should this sentence be punctuated?
@michaelkoss: while semicolons are a great (and underused) way of separating items in a list which contains commas, that's not the case in the above answer. In this answer, the semicolon isn't separating list entries, it's separating a list from an extra person.
Sep
21
comment Is “staff” plural?
Depending on the answer, the question might be "Are staff plural?"
Sep
15
answered How to express a list within a sentence?
Sep
15
comment Words for meat differ from the words for the corresponding animal
@Benjol, I had thought my French was just barely enough to give a counter example -- apparently, it's even weaker than I'd thought.
Sep
15
comment Which is correct: “troubleshooted” or “troubleshot”?
I don't like either -- I tend to go with "I finished troubleshooting it" or "I figured out the problem" or "I fixed it." When the right word sounds wrong, find another right word.
Sep
13
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